SDCC 2019: Phase 4 Announcement Has Big Plans For MCU Future

San Diego Comic Con is always a whirlwind of emotion for Marvel stans. This year isn’t any different as Kevin Feige alongside stars of the MCU appeared in Hall H to announce 10 upcoming movies and Disney+ series.

So what can we expect from Marvel Phase 4?

Natasha Romanoff’s time has finally come as Black Widow has been confirmed for May 1, 2020. As a prequel to the movies we already hold dear in our heart, hopefully 2020 will bring the kick-ass hero we all love.

2020 will also bring a new franchise known as The Eternals, set to come to screens on November 6. Centring on a group of beings known as Eternals who use their advanced skills to protect humans in the future, Feige is hoping that with the success of Guardians of the Galaxy, fans will also love this new step in Marvel’s future. And that’s not all, the movie welcomes Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek and the wonderful Angelina Jolie to the MCU family. This movie will most definitely be a success.

This isn’t the only brand new film entering the MCU. February 12 2021 will see the comic Shang-chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings come to life on screen. Focusing on titular character Shang-chi who devotes his entire life to bringing down his father’s criminal empire, this film will see The Mandarin, the villain supposed to appear in Iron Man 3 make his debut for real this time.

Marvel’s phase 4 also features a lot of sequels. Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange will get his second film with Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness on May 7 2021, directed by Scott Derrickson. It has been described as the first horror film in the MCU so fans are expecting something completely new and creepy. I, for one, cannot wait.

For all you Thor fans out there, don’t worry Thor isn’t gone for good. November 5 2021, Thor 4, titled Thor: Love and Thunder will be hitting cinemas. And that’s not all. Taika Waititi is back! (Thank god). So what can we expect? Not only will we see Valkyrie as Queen, following the comics, Thor 4 will bless us with female!thor, played by none other than Natalie Portman!

On top of the movie announcements, Phase 4 will also see a whole plethora of TV shows. Returning as the first ever black Captain America with his sidekick Bucky Barnes, Falcon and the Winter Soldier is confirmed for Fall 2020. Alongside this, in the spring of 2021, fans will get their very own WandaVision show, hopefully giving them the screen time they deserve.

For all you Loki fans out there, the spring of 2021 will follow Loki in his own TV show after he escaped with the tesseract in 2012. Fans are hoping that the original 6 will also feature in this show. And that’s not the only way numerous MCU actors may get the chance to reprise their roles as Disney+ is bringing a show titled What If in the summer of 2021. This will present alternate takes on the existing MCU…what if Loki had found the hammer of Thor? What is Peggy Carter became the new Captain America? Hayley Atwell herself has confirmed she will return!

Ever been curious as to what Clint got up to during his time as Ronin? Not to worry, in the fall of 2021, Hawkeye will becoming to TV and Kate Bishop will have a role! Comic Fans are over the moon with joy on the internet, and I can’t blame them. If done right, this show will be a smash hit.

All the TV shows will fit in with the movie timeline with Falcon and the Winter Soldier picking up after Avengers: Endgame and the events in WandaVision leading right into Doctor Strange II.

Kevin Feige also announced that while Fantastic Four and X-Men don’t have a place on the timeline, they will return alongside Captain Marvel 2, Spider-Man 3, Guardians of the Galaxy 3 and Black Panther 2.

So what can fans expect from Phase 4? an LGBT Valkyrie as Tessa Thompson says that as the new king of Asgard, the first thing she will do is find her queen! We’re getting the first ever Asian superhero, the first deaf superhero and the first gay superhero.

It’s everything we can ask for and more. If done right, the upcoming years are going to break cinematic history.